Sub-project RWTH Aachen University: Self-assessments are low-threshold online support tools that allow self-evaluation of one's suitability or one´s alignment of interest and expectation for studying at university or a specific program of study without the help of another person. Online-self-assessments combine diagnostics and information to an overall support system which is available 24/7. They aim to give informative and helpful feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of prospective students hence giving them a better understanding and orientation. Online-self-assessments enhance the self-selection and orientation process of prospective students and help identifying the need of additional individual counseling and support (Hornke, Wosnitza & Bürger, 2013; Wosnitza, Bürger, & Drouven, 2015; Wosnitza & Bürger, 2015). Studies show that there are high correlations between self-assessment outcome and study success in the future.

Via the psychometric testmaker-software, general cognitive performance scales (e.g. logical thinking, concentration) as well as non-cognitive scales (e.g. interests, one´s own initiatve) are implemented in the online-self-assessment. Furthermore, pre-post comparisons of the non-cognitve scales, usability studies with participants and open feedbacks are used to:

  • help prospects in their decision making process in choosing a study program and therefore help to reach a higher satisfaction rate
  • face the challenge of the special needs of the intercultural target group
  • inform the intercultural target group about requirements for studying in Germany
  • take measures to meet the special needs of the heterogenous target group.